- Hefty America: Mississippi Named The Fattest State In America - Again [REPORT]
August 15 2012 1:53 PM
Mississippi is the most obese state in America, with an obesity rate of 34.4 percent, according to Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011." The Magnolia State is one of a dozen states that have an obesity rate above one-third its population.
- Scrabble Player Caught Cheating, Hiding Blank Tiles, At US Tournament
August 15 2012 12:05 PM
A young Scrabble player was booted from the board game’s national championship tournament in Orlando, Fla., after getting caught hiding blank letters -- essentially cheating.
- A Podium As Bait-And-Switch: Chris Christie’s Moment As GOP Convention Keynote Speaker
August 14 2012 6:23 PM
Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address in two weeks at the Republican National Convention. Many consider the primo speaking a launching point into national prominence. But Christie already garnered attention. So why did the Republican National Committee pick him? The answer may lie in the 2004 Democratic National Convention. And the results may not bode well for Mitt Romney.
- Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan Editor And Author Of ‘Sex And The Single Girl,’ Dead At 90
August 13 2012 4:23 PM
Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan Magazine's legendary editor for over three decades, died this morning at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center at the age of 90, according to a release by Hearst Corporation, which owns the women's magazine she helped revolutionize.
- Navy Ship USS Porter Collides With Oil Tanker By Strait Of Hormuz [PHOTOS]
August 12 2012 5:49 PM
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, USS Porter, collided with a Japanese-owned and Panamanian-flagged bulk-oil tanker, M/V Otowasan, on Sunday at 1 a.m. local time just outside the strategically important Strait of Hormuz between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, according to the U.S. 5th Fleet.
- Billy Graham Hospitalized With Lung Condition For Second Time In The Past Year
August 12 2012 5:15 PM
Evangelist Billy Graham was admitted to a North Carolina hospital with bronchitis, a spokesman for the 93-year-old told said. Mission Hospital and spokesman Larry Ross said Graham was “alert and in good spirits.” He was kept overnight to evaluate and treat a respiratory infection believed to be bronchitis.
- Powerball Jackpot Increases To $305 Million After No Winners For Saturday Drawing
August 12 2012 3:54 PM
The Powerball jackpot rose to $305 million after no one drew Aug. 11’s winning numbers. Saturday night’s winning numbers were 4, 13, 39, 46 and 51, with a Powerball of 1.
- Rep. Paul Ryan's VP Nod Dominates Sunday Morning Talk Shows [VIDEO]
August 12 2012 1:09 PM
Sunday morning’s talking heads political programming became flooded with the 2012 election topic du jour, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential candidate. All agreed the selection signaled the 2012 election will be a big-picture battle over the role of government in the populace’s life.
- Dime Stamped In Carson City Mint In 1873 Sells For $1.6 Million
August 12 2012 12:09 PM
A rare dime from 1873 sold for $1.6 million to an anonymous bidder at an auction in Philadelphia.
- Swine Flu Cases Rising With New H3N2 Strain, Now Transmissible From Human To Human
August 09 2012 5:18 PM
Swine flu is making a comeback as a new strain of the virus has begun spreading, with more than 100 cases reported this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The surprising culprit? State and county fairs. And doctors warn its now much easier to transmit among humans.
- JetBlue Pilot’s Psychotic Episode In Prison: Did Sleep Deprivation Drive Captain Clayton Osbon Crazy?
August 09 2012 11:44 AM
JetBlue pilot Clayton Osbon had a psychotic episode in jail after being arrested for disrupting a cross-country flight by exiting the cockpit and ranting about religion and terrorism. The cause of his psychosis may sound familiar to many pilots: lack of sleep.
- Alaska Airlines Maintenance Crew Leaves Note Scribbled On Plane Wing
August 08 2012 5:31 PM
Next time something feels wrong about your Alaska Airlines flight, look out the window. The maintenance crew may have left a note acknowledging your concern. It’s what led one passenger of the Seattle-based airline to post a photo on Reddit of what appears to be a chunk of a wing flap missing, with “We know about this,” followed by an arrow pointing to the missing section.
- Amish Boom Flooding Midwest With Horse And Buggies, Straw Hats, Biblical Names
August 08 2012 1:19 PM
The Amish are one of the fast-growing religious groups in North America though you would be hard pressed to notice, according to a study released by Ohio State University on July 27.
- Sandra Fluke, Called 'Slut' By Limbaugh, To Introduce Obama At Denver Rally
August 07 2012 5:50 PM
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student whom Rush Limbaugh notoriously labeled a "slut," will introduce President Barack Obama at a rally in Denver on Wednesday, offering further proof that the incumbent's campaign will use women's rights as a key issue in the 2012 presidential election.
- Steinbeck’s Family: Texas Wrong In Using ‘Of Mice And Men’ To Justify Marvin Wilson’s Execution
August 07 2012 4:58 PM
John Steinbeck gave the literary world a lovable simpleton in Lennie Small, the fulcrum of the Nobel Prize winner’s classic 1937 novella “Of Mice and Men.” The character has been brought to the fore again, providing the baseline comparison that may send a mentally retarded convict named Marvin Wilson to his death Tuesday night.
- George P. Bush: 5 Things To Know About The Latest Bush Making Waves In Texas
August 07 2012 1:36 PM
George P. Bush, nephew of former president George W. Bush, will be deputy finance chairman of the Lone Star State’s Republican Party, becoming the latest in a long line of Texas politicos with the surname “Bush” to get a foothold in the GOP.
- Milton Hershey School Sweetens Up, Offers To Admit HIV-Positive Student
August 06 2012 6:21 PM
The Milton Hershey School has decided to allow an HIV-positive student to attend, after the Pennsylvania school initially rejected the teen’s application because of his illness.
- Dick Cheney Has Metaphorical Change Of Heart, Denying Calling Sarah Palin VP Pick ‘A Mistake’
August 06 2012 5:30 PM
Former Vice President Dick Cheney walked back earlier comments calling Sarah Palin’s pick as the 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate “a mistake,” suggesting he was aiming his criticism at the process leading to her selection.
- Mitt Romney Goes Shopping, Successfully Executing The Lamest Photo-Op Of 2012 [PHOTOS]
August 06 2012 5:21 PM
Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney engaged in arguably the most blatant "I'm a regular guy, just like you" campaign stunt. The "Best Pandering To Date" award of the 2012 season was won by the GOP's standard-bearer by using a rare day off from the trail to go shopping at his local hardware and grocery store in Wolfeboro, N.H.
- Texas Set To Execute Marvin Wilson Despite Diagnosis Of ‘Mental Retardation’
August 06 2012 2:21 PM
Death row inmate Marvin Wilson’s attorneys petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his execution, set for Tuesday, arguing the convict’s date with a lethal injection runs contrary to a 2002 ruling by the nation’s highest court banning the execution of mentally retarded prisoners. Texas’ counter? Wilson is wholly dissimilar to a fictional character created by novelist John Steinbeck.